Lunar Laser Ranging: A Continuing Legacy of the Apollo Program

  title={Lunar Laser Ranging: A Continuing Legacy of the Apollo Program},
  author={J. Dickey and P. L. Bender and J. E. Faller and X. Newhall and R. Ricklefs and J. G. Ries and P. Shelus and C. Veillet and A. L. Whipple and J. R. Wiant and J. Williams and C. Yoder},
  pages={482 - 490}
  • J. Dickey, P. L. Bender, +9 authors C. Yoder
  • Published 1994
  • Medicine, Geology
  • Science
  • On 21 July 1969, during the first manned lunar mission, Apollo 11, the first retroreflector array was placed on the moon, enabling highly accurate measurements of the Earthmoon separation by means of laser ranging. Lunar laser ranging (LLR) turns the Earthmoon system into a laboratory for a broad range of investigations, including astronomy, lunar science, gravitational physics, geodesy, and geodynamics. Contributions from LLR include the three-orders-of-magnitude improvement in accuracy in the… CONTINUE READING
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